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John Barry - The Collection - 40 Years of Film Music
John Barry - The Collection - 40 Years of Film Music
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Varese Sarabande edition, 19 Nov. 2014
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Pros:
- No alternate source for such a wide compilation
- Moderate cost for 4 CDs

Cons:
- Routine performance
- Hesitant execution from time to time (lack of rehearsal?)
- Monotonous tempi
- Dull sound


Home - Live In Sicily (Uk Only) [DVD] [2003]
Home - Live In Sicily (Uk Only) [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Simply Red
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £21.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Abused sound, 7 May 2013
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I agree with other unfavourable reviews: Mick is great and the ambiance is beautiful, but the video is jumpy and the sound unsufferable.
In this sense, this review would be redundant but for the following info, of potential interest,
1) My impression is that the sound was edited with an ill-tuned automatic volume/mixing control. The volume goes suddenly up or down a few dB. You can still hear Mick when he attacks, but the instruments suffocate his voice. This adds distraction to the loss of quality.
2) There are two video tracks. The track by default switches cameras frequently, but is much less jumpy than "Live in London", a quite enjoyable concert.
3) The second video track is available in the extras. It is called "Mick's camera" because it continuously follows Mick. Then, you can enjoy the experience in two ways (as long as the sound issues are forgotten).


Feeling Blue
Feeling Blue
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A minor gem, 17 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Feeling Blue (Audio CD)
Dear fellows,

Paul Desmond was an excellent sax player. His early decease was a pity. And we should forever remember Desmond for composing Take Five.

He is most known for being sideman in Dave Brubeck formations, customarily considered a part of the West Coast Cool Jazz, at the time derided by purists as sweet, smooth jazz for white college students.

Desmond's production as leader is comparatively infrequent and rare. And this record is a minor gem.

And, yes, it includes some themes with strings. But jazz is what jazzmen play. Charlie Parker did the same and nobody is cursing him.

But let us temper the eulogies. Paul Desmond is not in the Jazz Olympus. What does Lee Konitz deserve if you give five stars to this record?


The Moon Moth
The Moon Moth
by Jack Vance
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a pity..., 27 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: The Moon Moth (Paperback)
I not only am confused about the warm reviews on Amazon.com, but also doubt that Gene Wolfe's words on the cover were his.

I have no prejudice against the graphic novel as a genre, being myself a regular consumer of
comic books, but this graphic novel is a failure as such, being booring and flat in its full length.
The poor and unimaginative art does not make justice nor profit from the pearl of short story
that Vance's "The Moon Moth" is.


Apocalypse [DVD]
Apocalypse [DVD]
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £4.36

4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WWII for ignoramus, 3 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Apocalypse [DVD] (DVD)
The product is comprised of six episodes with little actual contents. It should be hard to press the whole war in less than 5 hours, but it seems that this was never attempted. The slow narration does not help. It abounds in commonplaces although it is not particularly biased.

Regarding the visual aspect, the look is appealing, in part because the frequent use of film colorisation on BW footage, but with little added value.

In summary, the product is a failure for its intended use and too long for backing up a video game. The most effective element is the title itself, which reminds us that WWII was a nasty affair. You may find out that viewing "Saving Private Ryan," "Flags of Our Fathers" or "Letters from Iwo Jima" is more entertaining and, probably, as educating as the reviewed item.

My recommendation is to ignore the bombastic product description (in Amazon Reviews) and view the affordable "The World at War" (even in its recent mutilated format).


Tyrone Power Collection [DVD]
Tyrone Power Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gene Tierney

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And the actual package contents is ..., 24 Oct. 2011
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Beware: this is not the "Tyrone Power Swashbuckler Box Set" presumed in other review but the "Tyrone Power Box Set."

The actual contents is
- A Yank in the RAF (1941, war adventure, drama)
- The Mark of Zorro (1940, action adventure)
- The Razor's Edge (1946, drama, very good if you like the genre)
- In Old Chicago (1937, drama, musical)
- Second Fiddle (1939, comedy, musical)

Mark of Zorro is provided with English, Spanish, German and Italian tracks. The other films have only an English track.

All of them are region 2, PAL, B&W, and contain [at least] English subtitles. Image cleanliness seems average (no remastering or cleansing here).

Not a bad set but far from what I expected. In any case, I find it worthy of the 10+ pounds invested. 2 Pounds a film is a bargain.

The 3-star review goes to the lack of information and not to the box set itself or its price.
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